Kentucky Basketball: Grandpa Grady leads short-handed Cats past Bama

Kentucky Wildcats guard Kellan Grady Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports
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Kentucky makes a statement to reclaim its No. 1 seed heading to March Madness

Kentucky basketball had fallen off the top line as a No. 1 seed after Tuesday night’s embarrassing beatdown by Tennessee in Knoxville. In most brackets, they fell just to the No 2 line.

Well, that may be short-lived depending on what other teams ahead of them do include Gonzaga, Auburn, Kansas, and Arizona as the Wildcats continue to rack up quad 1 wins while looking impressive to the eye test in games like Alabama.

Either a 1 or 2 seed is probably irrelevant but this brutal schedule Kentucky plays will only help them get ready for the gauntlet of the NCAA Tournament madness.

The Wildcats have just four remaining regular-season games. They need to be healthy heading to the postseason and that is what Calipari is working toward.

"“I thought Lance (Ware) did well when we had to put him at four because we were getting manhandled at that position. But those guys are ready to step in and help, and they were all happy after the game. The whole locker room, they were happy with each other. Sahvir and Tyty, I thanked them because they couldn’t play, and those two want to play. They may be out another couple of games. I need them healthy before March. We don’t need them to play hurt. If we can’t win a game because they’re not there, then we don’t win the game. If this group chooses to play to win, we’ll have a chance, but it’s hard, and Alabama is a good team.”"

Kentucky hosts LSU at 9 pm. on Wednesday before heading to Arkansas next Saturday. They host Ole Miss on March 1 and then close out the season on March 5 at Florida.

The Rupp Arena crowd was enthused and rocking which brought back memories of great atmospheres and traditions of Kentucky basketball. Here is hoping that is back and here to stay.